Man Who May Have Robbed Four Miami Banks in Just Over Two Months Arrested by FBI

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Luis Ramirez Gonzalez had a pretty admirable alleged bank robbery run as far as bank robbery runs go. He didn't quite reach Butch Cassidy levels, but taking part in four robberies in just over two months in these days is pretty decent.

Well, last night the 27-year-old Miami man was arrested by the FBI, putting his suspected streak to an end. His co-conspirators, however, remain at large.

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Mexican Government Has Been "Hijacked" by Drug Cartels, Says Author Francisco Goldman

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Protesters set fire to the front door of the presidential palace earlier this month.
Last night, President Barack Obama announced he will take executive action to shield 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The prime-time speech was big news in the U.S., kicking up a political skirmish ahead of the 2016 elections. But it was far from the continent's top story. Instead, that title goes to the disappearance and presumed assassination of 43 students in Mexico.

The American media has largely ignored the unrest down south. Bizarrely, the Miami Book Fair has brought the news to town anyway. Earlier this week, prize-winning Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska compared the massacre to the horrors of the "concentration camps." And in an interview to promote his own appearance this weekend, fellow writer Francisco Goldman tells New Times that this is a "terrifying and exhilarating" moment for Mexico.

"This is going on all over the country -- this complete highjacking of all of Mexico's institutions by organized crime," he says. "Politicians are organized crime, basically."

See also: Tony Dokoupil on Miami's Golden Era of Marijuana Smuggling: "Pot Today Is So Boring"

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Two Juveniles Shot at Carol City High, School on Lockdown

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Police are actively searching for a gunman after two young victims were found shot near Carol City High School this afternoon.

About 400 people remain in the school under lockdown.


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Tony Bosch's Attorney Asked A-Rod For $500,000 After New Times Investigation

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The date was January 29, 2013. Miami New Times had just published its investigation outing Coral Gables clinic Biogenesis as a steroid dealer to the stars, including Alex Rodriguez. A few hours later, A-Rod and his celebrity lawyer Roy Black met with Susy Ayala-Ribero, the high school buddy and now attorney for Tony Bosch, the clinic's owner.

Then, Ayala-Ribero made one of A-Rod's lawyers an extraordinary proposition: The superstar should pony up $500,000 to pay for Bosch's legal fight.

That eye-opening exchange is detailed in a huge batch of new evidence put onto the public record in the ongoing federal criminal case against Bosch and his associates -- a batch that also includes Bosch's allegations that super-agent Scott Boras tried to help cover up Manny Ramirez's failed steroid test.

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Tony Dokoupil on Miami's Golden Era of Marijuana Smuggling: "Pot Today Is So Boring"

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Scarface. Cocaine Cowboys. How to Leave Hialeah. Now Miamians can add a new title to their list of must-haves: Tony Dokoupil's The Last Pirate.

The book's subtitle says it all: "A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana." Dokoupil, a reporter for NBC, will speak about his gripping, sometimes hilarious memoir this Sunday at the Miami Book Fair International. Beforehand, he spoke to New Times about the longing he feels for South Florida's long-lost era of pot smuggling, despite the way the business tore his own family apart.

"I'm nostalgic about that era of marijuana because I think it was the final era in which we had criminals in this country who were truly larger cultural figures," he says. "Pot today is so boring. It's such a field of guys in suits with dimpled ties and square jaws and creeping bellies from too many steaks."

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FSU Campus Shooting: Gunman Killed After Wounding Three in Library UPDATED

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Police with guns drawn inside FSU's library after the shooting
Updated 12:59 p.m.: Law enforcement officials have identified Myron May, a lawyer and graduate of FSU, as the shooter.

Florida State University has canceled all classes this morning as students, faculty and families across the state grapple with the latest burst of campus violence. Police say a gunman walked into FSU's library around 12:30 this morning and opened fire, hitting three students.

The gunman was later killed by officers after walking outside and firing in their direction.

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Miami Gardens Reverend Relies on Redemption Story, but Critics Say He's Far From Reformed

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Rev. Eric Readon preaching in his Miami Gardens church
On a warm summer evening in 2010, a young man with kind eyes and a faint mustache took his position on the 50-yard line of a football field in Palm Beach. Sporting a baggy black shirt, jeans, and a Bible, however, Eric Readon wasn't there to play. He was there to preach.

"I want to talk tonight about how prayer changes things," Readon told the crowd of about 100 and began reading a parable from Acts 16 about Paul and Silas shaking off their bonds. "If you haven't had any time to pray, all you need is a little hell in your life that would humble you."

The pastor was no stranger to hell, he explained. Like Paul and Silas, he too had spent time in shackles, only to be redeemed by the power of God. "I don't know how I made it," he said near the end of a fiery sermon, "but I made it because somebody prayed for me."

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Fourteen Miami Dade College Students Arrested for Tax Fraud

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Fraud is so prevalent in South Florida that it has even infiltrated the world of higher education.

Fourteen former and current Miami Dade College students were arrested today along with three others for their participation in a tax refund scheme that sought to rip off the federal government for $1.9 million by using bank accounts set up for financial aid to launder the money. Four other past and present students remain at large.

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Jaguars Player Arrested for Trying to Pay Miami Beach Store in Bubble Gum

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As if things couldn't get worse for the 1-9 Jacksonville Jaguars, one of their players got arrested for the stupidest crime recently committed by an NFL player in Miami Beach this weekend. Cornerback Dwayne Gratz was arrested early Sunday morning for showing up drunk to a South Beach convenience store and then trying to pay for his items with bubble gum.

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17-Year-Old Arrested in Murder of Local Rapper and Videographer

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Beetoo Pierre, a 17-year-old, has been arrested for the murder of Kenson "Short Kidd" Pierre, a 21-year-old up-and-coming rapper, and Justin McAdam, a 31-year-old Navy veteran turned photographer and videographer.

The incident happened back on June 18 in front of Kenson Pierre's home at 1130 NE 133rd Street in North Miami. Pierre had gone outside to meet McAdam to discuss a video the pair planned to work on when shots rang out.

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